Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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Do non-alphanumeric characters in URLs have any effect on SEO?

Does including non-alphanumeric ASCII characters which do not require escaping or url-encoding such as :@!$()* in URLs have any effect on SEO?
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How Googlebot discovers new website? [duplicate]

I have purchased a domain and uploaded with HTML Page and When I search in Google it shows my website. Now my question is How Google will discover my new website? I have not used ...
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Redirecting my main index page - is this bad?

I have a website which has separate front pages for some countries. If you visit www.example.com it will redirect you to either www.example.com/uk or www.example.com/ie or www.example.com/global. ...
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Does jQuery affect Google Search Ranking? [duplicate]

I'm using jQuery for some adjustments like setting the padding and height of some elements on the page. I'm also displaying a white screen before the content loads (the white screen is displayed ...
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Does hreflang and rel=“alternate” work with completely different URLs?

I'm currently working on a project and it will support localization. I'm trying to find out in what sense the rel="alternate" and hreflang="" works. Does the URL have to be similar? Or can the entire ...
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In Event structured data, can the location just be text?

I am trying to work out whether Event structured data is valid if the location field is just text, but I have found conflicting answers. Example: <script type="application/ld+json"> { ...
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Title Attributes and Accessibility [duplicate]

I've been looking into accessibility recently and have read mixed articles regarding whether or not the title attributes should be included. It seems that there's a pretty good consensus that adding ...
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Google Rank and Domain redirection

I have a blog on Blogspot (owned by Google). I would like to host it under my own domain. So I would consider 3 options: Create a Domain redirect to Blogspot Re-direct the existing blogspot URL to ...
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Google Bot Crawler Issue with Codeigniter URLS

I received 6000+ crawler errors in my webmaster tools account. following is the one of the URL that identified as problematic URL. ...
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SEO issues using the same `src` for a sprite sheet, but each time with a different `alt` attribute

Ive got a site that uses some images as UI graphics, the sort of thing is : loading gif slider next / prev arrow modal close X etc.. In total there are about 10 images, each <8kb so download ...
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Is having a landing page for multi-country websites detrimental for search engine ranking?

I have a multi-language / multi-country website which uses a single domain name. The url structure is as follows: country-name.example.com/language/ Ex: ca.example.com/en/ ca.example.com/fr/ ...
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Are outgoing redirect links crawled and indexed?

I've seen a site linking to external sites like this : <a href="http://www.example.com/layouts/lorem/linktrackinglayout.aspx?redirUrl=http://www.othersite.com" target="_blank"> <img ...
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Big drop in indexed pages (due to ssl?) [duplicate]

Is it possible to gain a pagedrop because of ssl activation? My theory is that it has something to do with the switch to https. Could this be possible? When I look at content keywords It states ...
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URL Rewriting - Is it still Relevant to Search Engine Rankings? [duplicate]

As or July 2015, Does URL rewriting have any effect on search engine rankings? Is www.example.com/shiny-product better than www.example.com/products.xyz?product_id=123 ?
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SEO and dynamic structured data (microdata)

I'm wanting to have a very limited amount of structured data (ideally microdata) added using javascript, especially using the document's lastModified property. It seems rather bizarre and ...
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Possible SEO issues with setting up CDN

I am about to enable CDN on one of my new sites and want to avoid any duplicate content/ranking issues. By default WP engine CDN url's are configured the following way: This url: ...
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How to delete a parent folder that holds php and html files

In my hosting structure I have website1, website2 etc. I made a mistake and placed my files and folders inside a folder called source while uploading them to the website1 folder. So now I'm stuck with ...
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Repeatedly seach site on google

If i search my site repeatedly on google or other search engine by different keyword and click on result for my site, is effect on my seo in long time? my site rank increased ? or search result rank?
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Custom content outside The_content loop

I have inserted code in single.php to get custom fields and custom taxonomies. That is something like; <?php the_title()?> <?php the_content()?> [custom fields] [Custom ...
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Is Double-Annotating HREFLANG always alright? What if I remove one of them?

I'm managing a website that has a US section and a UK & International section. Let's say these are divided as: website.com/ website.com/us The website has hreflang implemented correctly as ...
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SEO punishment? [duplicate]

My current website URLs have the following format: http://website.com/car-report/ferrari-car-report http://website.com/car-report/audi-car-report http://website.com/car-report/bmw-car-report Does ...
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Using sub-directory vs single directory urls [duplicate]

I'm creating a location based site and was debating between two styles of writing urls. The first shows the name of the restaurant followed by the city its located in. example.com/hillstone-new-york ...
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Will I get penalised by Google, if I correct bad titles?

I've developed a vector graphic community page together with my friends, nevertheless we've made a big mistake in page titles. Originally, I coded page title to be in a form of "image_name | brand". ...
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If I remove files extensions from URL but my canonical tags point to the URL with the extension, does that matter?

I'm using Adobe Muse to build websites and when the phone/tablet version of a site is created, canonical tags are automatically generated that point to the desktop version of the site. The canonical ...
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Updated and published website - changes not taking effect in search results?

Question Background: I've recently updated my website and republished it using Azure. This is fine and the changes have taken effect when I open and view the site from a Google search. This is the ...
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How to make hidden contents important for google?

I am using a book plugin to showing some contents. At first all of pages except first one are hidden. But my contents are in other pages that are hidden. My solution is to write all of my contents ...
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<h1> - Semantic impact vs. SEO impact

There's a lot of debate over the architecture of heading structure in html5. After reading various articles, I've come to three possible architectures that make logical sense to me, but I'm unsure ...
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Is it possible to get URLs with parameters not indexed by Google if they contain hashtags?

Some sources say to use # before the parameters in URL, others recommend using #! or !#... So, if I'm using category filters on a page, to add parameters to URLs and sort items based on price, color ...
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Change domain name and url structure of website simultaneously [duplicate]

Changing a domain of a website and redirecting all the links to new ones may harm google indexes and SEO of the website. I.e. Changing avicennaclinic.ir to avic.ir . Changing the structure of URLs is ...
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How to improve seo for keyword to achieve it from 9th to top 3 result in google's first page [duplicate]

I have one keyword for my site and when I search for it , it is displaying my website at 9th result in first page in Google , Now I want to know that what improvement I need to do in SEO for same ...
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Launching a news site without or with content?

When opening a new site for search engine crawl, should the site contain content (posts and articles) from day 1, or is it better to open the site for search engine crawl and than post the articles ...
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Backlinks coming in from strange/unknown referrer

am new on stackexchange, so I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to post. I am in the midst of clearing up links to my website and came across this one coming from this site/blog: ...
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Can a sitemap be hosted off-site (e.g., in s3) if you 301 redirect to it?

We compute our sitemap periodically with a chron job and store the results in s3. Can we 301 redirect https://oursite.com/sitemap.xml to the sitemap.xml hosted on s3? I know that the sitemap spec ...
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Regionalised search results by subdirectory regions

We have a website which is regionalised by folder subdirectories e.g. www.example.com/uk/ www.example.com/de/ www.example.com/jp/ The content of the sites is mostly the same, with the main ...
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Permalinks: Are there any SEO, Bookmarking, or Sharing Best Practices?

So we have permalinks in place all over our site. Basically any product, category, article, etc with a "clean url" with canonical such as example.com/green-fidget-widget also have permalink ID ...
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Why isn't my site being indexed by Google?

Our domain was originally pointing to a Squarespace site that went live in March. In June, the site was rebuilt in WordPress and is currently hosted with WPEngine. Oddly, the site is being indexed by ...
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How could Google identify if a video is duplicate? SEO duplicate content theme

A few days ago Google's John Mueller said this: We do try to understand when something is a duplicate and treat it appropriately. So we do that with textual content, webpages for example, we try ...
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How post or page of facebook, twitter, forum or classified sites (HIGH PR) show instantally in google or other search engines

My question is about SEO. How post or page of facebook, twitter, forum or classified sites(HIGH PR) show instantally in google or other search engines. As i know google take few days for crawl. Then ...
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Using 301 redirects when a website is down

I have a client who currently has their website hosted with Moonfruit. I've developed a new WordPress site for the client that I'll be launching next week, but need to transfer the domain to my ...
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Noindex metatag in alternate mobile version of page with canonical to desktop… What consequences?

I have a desktop site to serve content for desktop and tablet users. I also have a mobile version of the site to cater to mobile phone visitors. Desktop pages have the following kind of annotations ...
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Google mobile friendly resources which are blocked by robots.txt

I have a situation when I check my website on Google Mobile Friendly Test, it says that my website is mobile friendly, but beneath there is a sentence saying: "This page uses 5 resources which are ...
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Which is the best choice for SEO sitemap for multilingual website?

In my site when someone access directly the domain.com or any other url that does not contain country indication like domain.com/contact, the language content is shown based on his IP. for example if ...
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SEO impact of identical reviews?

If a 5-star review is posted on both Google Local and Yelp (identical review text), does it affect the SEO in a negative way (duplicate content or anything else I may not be thinking of)? Or is it a ...
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How do I add backlinks for an online-only home-based business for someone who does not wish to disclose their home address?

I'm a web developer who occasionally helps friends create website and improve their SEO. I have one friend who is starting an online woodworking business, but they have no storefront. They only want ...
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What's the SEO impact of using a shared CDN URL

Say I have a Magento webshop with 4 different store-fronts and a European CDN which has a customized DNS lookup handler which localizes your CDN DNS lookups (so looking up cdn.myshop.co.uk from France ...
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Google Search confusing me for my website

I have created new website before 2 weeks and submitted to Google Webmaster Tools. Everything looks fine for me in Webmaster Tools but when I search my site in Google for site:thesoftwaretesting.com, ...
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Thumbnails or same image with different dimensions as thumbnails? - SEO

I'm working on a website that its main content are images. The images are full of text. Now, I'm assuming the best design for that kind of websites is to show a table of images (thumbnails) in the ...
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How to make homepage show in google instead of other pages?

How can you get homepage to show instead of random pages? Is there a special meta tag or something?
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RSS Feed / HTML Title and Dscription Limit Per SEO Standard

I'm creating an RSS feed which is meant to be SEO friendly in the invent the content is syndicated and created as a webpage. I'm under the impression currently that this is the going standard: ...
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Multiple domains or one new domain or sub domains. Pros and cons

We run a website to provide cashback for forex traders from all over the world. Now, we'd like to add new services to our portfolio, such as cashback for poker, binary options and lots of online ...